Menopause Specialist

Women's Center for Pelvic Wellness -  - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon

Women's Center for Pelvic Wellness

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeons & Urogynecologists located in Pasadena, CA

When you transition out of your reproductive years, your body can undergo some fairly dramatic changes with significant impacts on your pelvic wellness. At Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness, Dr. Alexis Tran and Dr. David Kimble specialize in helping women in Pasadena, California, successfully navigate these changes and maintain their quality of life. For more information, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the transition that every woman makes as she passes from her reproductive years into her nonreproductive years, usually in her late 40s or early 50s (the average age is 51). At the heart of this transition is the cessation of your ovaries, which steadily released eggs during your fertile years. When you’ve gone 12 months or more without your period, you’re considered to be through menopause.

While a shutdown of your ovaries may seem simple enough, your ovaries also produce reproductive hormones that regulate far more than just your eggs. When these hormone levels are suddenly cut off, the impacts can be widespread and greatly affect your overall pelvic health.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause affects women in different ways, but many experience some of the following to varying degrees:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Incontinence
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair and tissue

Again, no two women go through menopause alike — some may experience debilitating side effects that last for years while others sail through with no problems.

How can menopause affect my pelvic health?

One of the biggest problems that women going through menopause face is the loss of tissue health inside the vagina. Your reproductive hormones governed the health of this tissue to a great degree, and with decreased levels, your tissue can become thin and dry.

This loss of tissue health leads to:

  • Painful sex
  • Organ prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Vaginal atrophy

Thankfully, there are solutions to many of these problems at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness.

How is menopause treated?

Since women experience menopause differently, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution that addresses the many side effects. That said, there’s a lot that Drs. Kimble and Tran can do to help with vaginal health, including:

  • Vaginoplasty to firm up the vagina
  • MonaLisa Touch® treatments to restore tissue health
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • A pessary to help support your pelvic organs

The key in all of this is that there are solutions, and you shouldn’t suffer quality-of-life issues like poor sexual health and incontinence.

To get started on your menopause care, call Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness or fill out the online form to request an appointment.